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NAFDAC tasks Bauchi medicine dealers on public healthcare

Paul Kaima and other officials at the event | Image: Ahmed Ahmed

‘Desist from selling fake drugs; they contribute to the death of patients to a remarkable extent’

By Ahmed Ahmed

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has urged members of National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED) to maintain public health, while carrying out their business in the state.

The state Coordinator, NAFDAC, Mr Paul Kaima, gave the advice at the  inauguration of the new Executive of  NAPPMED Bauchi Chapter in Bauchi at the weekend.

He urged them to be careful and sanitize their business to ensure that the public health is maintained.

Kaima also urged them to stop unlawful practices that predispose them to hiding from NAFDAC and making them prone to scammers coming in the name of NAFDAC officials.

“The unlawful medicine practices mark practitioners out as dealers in ineffective drugs, which reduce their customer base.

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“Therefore, desist from selling fake drugs; they contribute to the death of patients to a remarkable extent,” the coordinator said.

He assured them of a robust and cordial relationship as the association actively and continued to collaborate with NAFDAC.

Also, Alh Umaru Dahiru, the State Patron of the Dealers, called on members to be God-fearing as life of the public is involved in their line of business, while urging vendors  to be careful with the type of drugs they sell to their customers.

He urged them to comply with NAFDAC standards to create a healthy and safe environment.

Besides, he called for vigilant within their market area and neighborhoods as well alert NAFDAC immediately if they suspect any irregularities.

While handing over the Mantle of leadership, the outgoing President, Alhaji Tukur Abdu Azare, called on the new elected officials to be focused and work with relevant stakeholders to move the association forward.

The new President of NAPPMED, Mr. Samson J Magaji, promised to work in synergy with all  relevant agencies and to provide purposeful leadership that will take the association to greater heights.

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